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       Thank you for the detailed reasons behind this;
            makes me feel slightly smarter as to these 'glorified
typewriters'  ;-)

On Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 5:22 AM, Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
It's a classic "reinventing the wheel".  Customised "LiveCds" have the
same functionality except the reinvention appears to have stripped out
anything useful and then put back only 1 or 2 things you might need.

Almost every distro nowadays has a "LiveCd" session that you can run
either from a special Cd/Dvd or from the installer Cd/Dvd.  Typically a
LiveCd (or Dvd) has a full range of useful programs rather than just 1 or

The bit at the end of the article made me laugh.  LiveCds are not noted
for their speed.  Cd/Dvd drives typically run about 1,000 times slower than
a hard-drive.  Typically they mitigate against that by loading as much as
possible into Ram, assuming the machine has enough Ram.  Some distros are
so stripped down that they can entirely run from Ram and after booting the
LiveCd you can take the Cd out.  That's one reason i like SliTaz (a French
distro) and Trinity Rescue Kit (although that is 'just' for repairing
broken Windows and stuff (actually it does some other pretty cool things
such as backups and networking things and stuff))

LiveUsbs are MUCH faster and they are easier if you want to have a
"persistent image" that remembers settings and configurations from one
session to the next.  Of course using the persistent image slightly
decreases the security aspect because it can remember stuff.

Regards from
Tom :)

From: anne-ology <>
Sent: Monday, 31 December 2012, 3:18
Subject: [libreoffice-users] the Ultimate Safe Computing Environment or
not ;-)

       seems to have more cons than pros -

       Just wondering what your thoughts were  ;-)

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